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Asia History and Culture

Ancient wonders of the east

Asia History & Culture Holidays

Introduction

Discover the unique cultures of Asia, from world-wonder temples in Thailand and Indochina to the monuments of the ancient Silk Road and great remnants of China's empirical past.

There's so much choice for history and culture holidays in Asia that you'll struggle to choose somewhere to focus on. The Khmer Empire covered Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam at its height. At the heart of the Empire stands Angkor Wat and the other temple complexes such as Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Kbal Spean. Capital cities such as Bangkok and Phnom Penh are full of temples and palaces, whilst cities such as Chiang Mai and Siem Reap are gateways to discover the past. Bagan's temples and ruins in Burma and the Plain of Jars in Laos are equally mysterious and worthy of exploration.

In China, the Qin Dynasty was short but had an enormous impact. Remnants of the empire include the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, which guards Emperor Qin's tomb. The Great Wall of China also stands as an historic monument to the achievements of ancient cultures, whilst the Forbidden City in Beijing showcases China's magnificent past, its opulent treasures and art.

The Silk Road stands as a living monument and the cities along its length trade on their past role as stop-off points for merchants and travellers; Samarkand in Uzbekistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan are full of spectacular sights and artefacts.

To meet the locals go in search of indigenous groups or hill tribes in Thailand and Vietnam in particular.

These are just some of the options available. You can also tailor-make your history and culture holiday in Asia by adding a city stay, Mekong River cruise, Yangtze River cruise or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.

 

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Our top itineraries for Asia History and Culture

Krabi

Cultural Highlights of Thailand & Krabi Beach Break

17-day tailor-made journey from £3,545 pp incl. flights

From cultural highlights and historic sites to the sheer indulgence of one of Krabi's finest resorts, this is an incredible introduction to the best of Thailand.

A group of people enjoy riding a camel walking on a sand dune in Hunder, Ladakh, India

Ladakh: The Himalayan Kingdom

12-day tailor-made holiday from £2,950 pp incl. flights

Journey north from Delhi and experience the breathtaking splendour of the Himalayas. From the sand dunes of Hunder to the world's highest motorable road in Nubra Valley, this is a place of excitement and wonder.

Huangshan

Eastern China by Rail

14-day rail journey from £2,720 pp

Between the Great-Wall icons of Beijing and Shanghai, you’ll travel by first class on hi-speed trains among the lesser-visited jewels of rural China, taking in mist-clad mountains and ancient villages with private tours and transfers throughout.

Train, Shanghai

Best of China by Rail

15-day tailor-made rail journey from £3,455 pp

Travel first class on China's hi-speed trains and let private transfers and tours showcase China’s highlights and lesser-known gems, from secret temples and gardens to megacity Shanghai, Beijing’s Great-Wall icons and Xian’s Terracotta Army.

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Taj Mahal India

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

15-day luxury river cruise holiday from £4,945 pp incl. flights

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Join Uniworld for a luxury river cruise holiday to northern India. Tailor-made for culturally curious travellers, you'll enjoy a truly immersive experience, combined with stays at three opulent Oberoi hotels.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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